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Allium schoenoprasum - Chives

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Chives, Allium schoenoprasum

Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, an edible species of the Allium genus.A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.


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Parts Used

Leaves, Roots.

Chemical Composition

A comprehensive chemical study of the cultivated plant Allium schoenoprasum L. from the collection of the Botanical Garden of the Institute of Biology (Komi Scientific Center, UB, RAS) showed that its leaves contained a wide range of biologically active substances and trace elements involved in the antioxidant and anticarcinogenic protection system of humans.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
English Agrimony


Perennial plant



Kind Shape Feature
Simple shorter Leaves, which are shorter than the flowering stems, are also hollow and round in cross-section, which distinguishes it from Garlic Chives



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long pale purple six petals The flowers are pale purple, and star-shaped with six petals, 1–2 cm wide, and produced in a dense head of 10-30 together


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Quite round 12 cm wide Fruiting time is June-July The seeds are produced in a small three-valved capsule {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Chives are cultivated both for their culinary uses and their ornamental value; the violet flowers are often used in ornamental dry bouquets.[34] The flowers are also edible and are used in salads,[35] or used to make Blossom vinegars.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge, Hedgerow, Cultivated Beds.

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